It's No 1, it's top of the pubs

The owners of a popular Watford music venue have raised their glasses in celebration after it was named the best pub in town.

The Horns, in Hempstead Road, beat the challenge of more than 20 pubs, clubs and bars to secure Watford Borough Council's Best Bar None award.

Competitors were judged not just for their entertainment value or quality of service, but also for the way they serve the community.

Judges examined establishments' records on deterring underage drinking and also consulted neighbours about noise levels and the behaviour of patrons.

Landlord Denis Cook, who runs the pub with his business partner Pam Cook, says the award reflects the hard work and determination of his team.

The 62-year-old publican, who is the uncle of world-famous DJ Norman Cook, has helped turn the bar into one of Greater London's premier live music venues since taking over in July 2001.

He said: "I really think we deserved this award. We work hard to give people of all ages top quality live entertainment and this award is fantastic for us.

"We've also done a lot to keep on good terms with our neighbours and also prevent underage drinking so I'm pleased that has also been recognised.

"Obviously I do this to make a living but I also do it because I love it.

"There's nothing more satisfying than someone coming up to me at the end of a night and telling me how much they enjoyed it. That means everything to us."

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